Band Q&A – The Spitfires

The Spitfires are a 3-piece who are from Watford, UK! Members are;

  • Billy Sullivan – Vocals/Guitar
  • Sam Long – Bass/Vocals
  • Matt Johnson – Drums

So you’ve taken a different step with ‘Enough is Enough’ compared to your more solid indie rock albums such as ‘Year Zero’ and ‘A Thousand Times’, what has made you change your sound?

I think it’s just working with our new producer, Simon Dine, which has led to a slightly different sound. I think that it’s always been part of our sound anyway, it’s just more noticeable with ‘Enough Is Enough.’

What can we expect from the rest of the upcoming album? Do you have a release date?

Just good songs. And lots of them. We’ve really come together as a band and created something really special. We have no release date set as of yet.

Will we be hearing anymore releases anytime soon?

Not at the moment!

You’re embarking on a fairly big tour in October going to places you won’t have visited before, how are you feeling about this visiting new places and areas you have been before returning as a bigger band?

We’re really looking forward to it to be honest. We love playing anywhere as long as people come out and see us! We’re changing up the set and playing a few songs we haven’t played for a while too.

How do you compare now from the experience on your first gig and now?

The first gig that we did as a band was on my (Billy) 18th Birthday. We’ve been through a lot of ups and down since then, done a lot of growing up. And I think we’ve grown into good musicians and I consider myself a good songwriter now (if I do say so myself!). It’s been one big learning process and we’re still learning now.

Has it been challenging switching your style?

There’s been no challenges. It’s always been part of the bands get up – it’s mad how many people think this is drastic change or had us down as a one trick pony. But I suppose they hadn’t been listening properly.

What’s your favourite thing about performing live?

I love everything about it. I could quite happily spend every day on the road – I never ever get fed up with it. And I think that shows when people see us live – some bands look like they’re just going through the motions. Waiting to collect their money at the end of the night. Whereas I think our audience appreciates the fact that we put everything into it and enjoy ourselves.

What do you all do when you’re not musically involved?

Can’t really say for the others but I (Billy) don’t really do anything. Maybe go down the pub or whatever. If I’m not touring, I’m writing or we’re rehearsing or I’m sorting things out behind the scenes. I don’t really switch off.

Can you share with us, your funniest show story?

We’re quite lucky in our band to have some right characters surrounding us. So we have a proper good laugh on the road. From Jacuzzi’s in a castle in France to bunk beds in a flea ridden hotel in the middle of Germany. It’s never boring.

What do you hope to achieve with the upcoming album, and tour?

I just want us to be heard by as many people as possible and travel and play as many places as possible. I think with the tunes we’ve got lined up and the hard work we’ve put in over the last 6 years or whatever – we deserve it.


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